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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Pro-naxalite bodies add fuel to Barasat rape agitation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, June 17, 2013
First Published: 09:38 IST(17/6/2013) | Last Updated: 09:41 IST(17/6/2013)

Nine days after a 20-year-old college girl was brutally raped and killed bringing Barasat out on the streets, several bodies, all known to have strong Maoist leanings, reached the spot on Sunday, held demonstrations and pledged support to villagers in their future agitations.

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Around 30 representatives of various pro-Maoist organisations met the victim’s family, interacted with villagers, learnt about their problems, distributed leaflets and contact numbers for future correspondence and took out a rally in Kamduni that was attended by several women of the village.

Though leaders of all major political parties, different human rights and women’s groups and civil society representatives have visited Kamduni over the past few days, this was the first time Maoist sympathisers visited the area.

Representatives of Matongini Mahila Samity (MMS) , Mazdoor Kranti Parishad (MKP), Krantikari Naujawan Sabha (KNS), United Students’ Democratic Front (USDF) and Progressive Democratic Students’ Front (PDSF) went to Kamduni, an indication that ultra-left organisations are willing to gain mileage out of the situation.

“We discussed joint agitations in Kolkata and Barasat. We discussed ways to spread the agitation throughout the state. We distributed leaflets among the villagers and gave them our contact numbers for future correspondence,” said Himadri Bhattacharya, central committee treasurer of KNS.

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